Caged alone 24 hours a day, denied medicine: lawsuit claims ‘torture’ in US migrant jails | US news | The Guardian
The suit filed in Los Angeles on Monday outlines individual experiences at eight different facilities, but immigration lawyers say the mistreatment is representative of systemic problems that affect tens of thousands of people. The complaint comes as the Trump administration escalates its efforts to make it harder for asylum seekers and migrants from certain countries to come to the US, detains undocumented migrants for longer periods of time and expands the use of private prison contracts in the immigration system.
Attorneys said the conditions at some US detention centers were so brutal that migrants who have fled torture and violence “are forced to abandon viable claims for immigration relief and accept deportation out of a desperate desire to escape the torture they are enduring in detention on US soil”.
“They cannot take it any more,” said Elissa Johnson, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of several not-for-profit organizations involved in the suit in Los Angeles. “That is not a choice that anyone should have to make,” she told reporters.
When the country of immigrants starts torturing immigrants who have a legal claim of asylum, and those same legal migrants are put in prison with the assumption that they are all criminals, down to the children and babies, that is psychotic and sociopathic..
The US is sinking lower and getting much darker, as fascism rises.